Monthly Archives: June 2014

Thoughts On Pastors

I’m thinking that I want to spend the coming month sharing various thoughts on pastors. Pastors play an important servant leadership role in a church. They model (hopefully) and communicate what faith in Jesus looks like in the real world.  … Continue reading

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Church Health And Reconcilable Differences

It seems to me that one of the markers of church health is the commitment to reconcile and work through our differences and our hurts. A healthy church is one that is led by Elders who model reconciliation, and is … Continue reading

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Church Health – Conflict Vs. Compromise

Many church’s are conflict averse. They can view conflict as a bad thing that must be stamped out at all costs, and function as if their ultimate aim is to be nice to one another. In this unhealthy environment leaders … Continue reading

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Church Health – Jesus Died To Make Us Nice – Part II

I shared with you a personal oddball church story in my previous post to illustrate a point. In my experience far too many churches, and para-church ministries, are not healthy because they have this strange commitment to “being nice” as … Continue reading

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Church Health – Jesus Died To Make Us Nice – Part I

Once upon a time I was a punk college ministry intern (not that all interns are punks, but I was one of those “if-you’d-just-put-me-in-charge-everything-here-would-be-great” kind of interns) at a good-sized church in a college town. One of the great things … Continue reading

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Church Health Includes Transparency

As I’ve made my way through my many experiences of church life I’ve discovered that many church-goers are “conspiracy theorists.” When an announcement is made about a hiring or firing (although church’s rarely say the word “fire”), or the church … Continue reading

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Church Health Isn’t As Attractive As You Might Think

It’s been nice to read all of your comments about church health posted on this blog, in my email, and on Facebook. One of the comments stood out to me because it quoted something I wrote awhile back in this … Continue reading

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